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Annual Contest Recognizing America’s Main Streets Puts $25K on the Line

On February 26, the third annual America’s Main Streets contest kicks off to help consumers, small business owners and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes. America’s Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place reinforcing this year’s theme: “Local Memories. Lasting Impact.”

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Pittsburgh’s rise as a world-class innovation city

Pittsburgh’s innovation economy is strong and growing, but can do more with its existing assets to compete globally and capitalize on the region’s growing innovation clusters, according to a report from the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. The culmination of an 18-month study, “Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city” examines Pittsburgh’s unique opportunity to become a top global destination for technology-based economic activity and as a key part of Pittsburgh’s efforts to become a world-class innovation city.

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Freehold Communities Announces Masterplans with Preserved Open Space, Agrihoods

Freehold Communities, developer of vital masterplanned communities nationwide, has announced residential and mixed-use communities in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and California. All of Freehold’s new communities express the company’s Vital Community™ approach that embraces healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. And all are distinguished by extensive amenities, including nature preserves, or innovative merging of homes and open space, such as “agrihoods.”

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Playa Vista unveils tech and sustainability innovations

Playa Vista, the connected urban community on the Westside of Los Angeles by Brookfield Residential, has announced its newest neighborhood is the most technologically advanced in Southern California. Set in the heart of Silicon Beach, Playa Vista’s newest detached-home offering, The Collection, is the first Los Angeles County neighborhood to offer Apple HomeKit smart-home technology standard in all homes. The 66 new residences combine with Playa Vista’s extensive sustainable components.

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Fenway Center to start construction

Fenway Center is designed to be a model for smart growth, transit and sustainable energy oriented development respecting the urban grid, replacing a large surface parking lot and filling in existing space between long, wind-swept bridges with new buildings and retail amenities along Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue. The buildings are arranged so that the taller buildings are located adjacent to Yawkey Station, serving as an architectural marker and gateway, while the smaller buildings are scaled down in respect to the Audubon Circle neighborhood and Fenway Park area.

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Kaplan Construction to build transit-oriented housing development in Jamaica Plain

Kaplan Construction will provide preconstruction and construction management services for the 49,300 SF development, named Tilia after the neighborhood’s abundance of Tilia trees, a North American hardwood known for pendulous branches and drooping clusters of small, fragrant white flowers. The development is Phase A of a three-phase housing development project. Construction started in fall of 2016 and is expected to be complete in November 2017.

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MIT convenes powerful panel of thinkers to ponder suburbia’s future path

Many architects and urban planners may like to think that the city—the vibrant, pulsating metropolis—is at the center of their orbit. But it’s that much-maligned, often-parodied human habitat known as the suburb that dominates much of the action—the living and working that takes place in the developed world. And that’s a reality that will only become more apparent, according to major themes sounded at a recent conference hosted by MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) of the School of Architecture and Planning.

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January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

January/February 2019 PRISM featuring acoustics in education facility design, 2019 color trends in commercial spaces, window films, and healthcare facility projects: Inspira Medical Center and the Palos Health South Campus. Plus a look at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s Terminal Modernization Program and feature article "Transforming a quick stop into a memorable stay through the power of design" by Olga Gorbunova, Principal, Stantec.

Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

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3M™ Sun Control Window Films provide a cost-effective solution for meeting building codes for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or U-value. Window films are effective in reducing glare, providing occupant comfort by reducing hot spots from the sun’s heat and providing UV protection to building interiors. 3M Sun Control Window films reduce the solar heat gain coefficient of current windows to reduce the solar load entering a building. The building HVAC system will have a smaller load to cool, thus reducing operational energy use. 3M™ Thinsulate films can improve the U-value of the windows to reduce the need to run heating systems in the winter as well.

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